Ringling student’s photos shine in ‘Everglow’ exhibit at Art Center

The question of identity and representation confronts every young Black male.

A young Black male should look like_________.

That fill-in-the-blank question is not so easy and opens up a Pandora’s box of more questions. What’s the acceptable presentation of self for a young Black male? What are the limits? What happens to anyone who switches up the code? Who decides?

They are tough questions that Jesse Clark tackles head on in his latest photography series “Everglow,” which opens Sept. 1 at Art Center Sarasota. The issues Clark confronts in these images would be challenging to a seasoned photographer. But Clark is a third-year student majoring in photography and imaging at Ringling College of Art and Design. Based on this series, he has learned his lessons well.

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